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From Amourette to Żal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe

By Alex Rawlings

9780750987738

ISBN: 9780750987738

Published: 03-09-2018


From Amourette to Żal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe

By Alex Rawlings

ISBN: 9780750987738

Published: 03-09-2018

About This Book

For all the richness of the English language there are some nuances that other languages capture much better. Whether it’s a phrase that beautifully articulates a feeling, a wonderfully understated insult that just hits the spot, or a curious idiom… • Ever waited fifteen minutes for a car-parking space only for someone to nick in front of you, smirking as they park up and stroll past? That idiot has a Backpfeifengesicht – a face badly in need of a slap. • It’s notable that for many in Britain temperature seems to be inversely proportional to clothing coverage, leading to widespread donaldkaczázas in the summer months, ie ‘being like Donald Duck’ and wearing a t-shirt and nothing else! From the melancholic to the funny to the downright peculiar the author takes us on a fascinating journey around Europe in 12 languages celebrating our cultural similarities and differences along the way.

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